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Amphitryon (1807) [Play]
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Amphitryon is Kleist’s splendid and very free reworking of Moličre’s play of the same name. Jupiter and Mercury disguise themselves as the Greek General Amphitryon and his slave Sosia, both of whom are away at war. Jupiter’s intent is to seduce the unsuspecting Alkmena, wife of Amphitryon. This happens one night, and, as things turn out, Amphitryon and Sosia turn up while Jupiter is inside the palace tending to his task. The play becomes a comedy of errors, with the two pairs of “twins,” the real Amphitryon and Sosia comically playing off of the godly dissemblers. The upshot is that Jupiter impregnates Alkmene, who will give birth to the hero Hercules. It is the honorable and loving character of Alkmene that is the center of this gently amusing play. She is virtuous, she is honor bound, and she profoundly loves Amphitryon, to the degree that she even contemplates suicide.

Original title: Amphitryon
Original languages: German

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Genre: Drama and PlaysGerman

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Plays (1982) [Collection]
      Author: Heinrich von Kleist
     Three Major Plays (2000) [Collection]
      Author: Heinrich von Kleist

Edition #1: Amphitryon

Amphitryon (2006)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Carl R. Mueller
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Amphitryon (2006)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Smith & Kraus
ISBN: 157525493X
Dimensions: x x
Pages: 50

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Edition #2: Amphitryon

Amphitryon (1974)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Charles E. Passage
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Edition #3: Amphitryon

Amphitryon (1962)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Marion Sonnenfeld
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